Annual Clean-up Campaign

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Santa Clara's Annual Clean-up Campaign is your opportunity to set out bulky items not routinely collected by weekly garbage, Clean Green and recycling collection services. Please park vehicles in your garage or driveway during your assigned collection week so it is easier for Clean-Up crews to maneuver. If you must park on the street, please park at least three feet away from piles. The Clean-up Campaign is a service for the residents of the City of Santa Clara, not for people from other communities, contractors or businesses. Call 408-615-3080 weekdays or 408-615-5580 after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends if you see illegal dumping.

Collection areas and dates are advertised in the City Calendar and Utility Bill inserts. You can also look up your service week by using the "I want to..." feature to search for your address. Once you locate your property, information about your clean-up campaign service week will come up on the left-hand side. Questions? contact the Public Works Department at (408) 615-3080 or Environment@SantaClaraCA.gov.

Clean-up Campaign Dates 

 April 29, 2019 - May 24, 2019

CUC2019 Map

Set-out Instructions

  • Place materials on public streets at least 3 feet from any obstructions such as fire hydrants, fences, poles, cars, trees, bushes or walls. 
  • Place materials in the gutter in front of your home no earlier than the Saturday prior to your assigned collection week, and no later than 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your designated collection week. Early set-outs are subject to a $150 fine. Late set-outs will be collected for a fee of $25 per cubic yard. 
  • Materials must be placed in the street, by the curb, in front of the house where the materials are generated (if a private street, materials must be placed on nearest public street). Placing materials in front of a neighbor’s house will be deemed illegal dumping.
  • Be courteous to other residents; Do not place piles in alleys, private streets, bike lanes, or against fences, retaining walls, hydrants, or landscaping. Sidewalks must remain clear of obstructions at all times. 
  • Do not place piles in front of curbs painted red for “No Parking,” as large piles can obstruct the view of motorists pulling out of driveways.
  • If you witness illegal dumping, get the driver and vehicle description, and vehicle license number and call 408-615-3080 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or 408-615-5580 (after 4:00 p.m. and weekends).
  • Do not trim or remove City street trees. This is a violation of City Code 12.35.020 and subject to a $1,000 fine and all associated replacement costs. Call 408-615-3080 for information.
  • Violation notices will be left at homes where materials have been improperly set out. If you have questions about what can be set out or need assistance in determining which collection area you live in, please contact the Street Department at 408-615-3080.
  • Reminder: Many items that are placed out each year can be reused or recycled. For information, please call the Center for the Development of Recycling at www.recyclestuff.org or call them at 1-800-533-8414.

Accepted Materials:

  • Only set out materials generated from your home and place only in front of your address.
  • Bulky items such as old furniture, carpets, mattresses, toilets, foam packaging, etc.
  • Appliances, tires, e-waste (anything that requires a plug or battery to operate), fencing, branches and brush (no longer than 6 feet in length). Separate these materials for special collection.
  • All construction/demolition debris and other materials such as (but not limited to) insulation, drywall, concrete, asphalt, brick, pavers, rock, stone, sawdust, dirt or sod MUST be set out in a bulk bag no larger than 1 cubic yard to prevent debris from getting into the storm drains. Failure to use a bulk bag is subject to a fine of up to $250. Bulk bags may be purchased at a retailer of your choice or at the City Hall Utility Payment Counter, 1500 Warburton Ave., starting April 8. A total of 1 cubic yard of bagged debris will be picked up at no charge. Additional bagged cubic yards will be assessed at$25/cubic yard.

Do not set out:

  • Recyclable materials. Use the weekly curbside recycling collection for these items.
  • Contractor generated landscape or construction/demolition debris
  • Motor oil and filters may be recycled by single family homes curbside. Label container with motor oil and tape the lid down. Place used oil filters in a leak-proof plastic bag. Place near your recycling cart on your regular collection day.
  • Household hazardous waste such as paint, chemicals, automotive fluids, solvents, fertilizers, cleaning products, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), or sharps. Illegal set out of hazardous materials is subject to a $500 fine. Visit HHW.org or call the County Household Hazardous Waste Program at 408- 299-7300 to schedule a FREE drop-off appointment.
  • Salvageable items that could be reused or recycled.  Instead, visit RecycleStuff.org or call 1-800-533-8414 for more information.
  • Ammunition and explosives.  For safe disposal, call the Santa Clara Police Department at 408-615-5580.
  • Medications.  Safely dispose of expired or unwanted medications at the MED-Project kiosks located throughout the City.  For additional information and a list of locations, visit SCCMEDS.org
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